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Three LGBT students who received a scholar-
ship through the Pinnacle Foundation were hailed as
“heroes” by gay Olympic swimming champ Daniel
“It took me a long time post-retirement to be me
and accept me and to share that with the pe ople I
love,” he told people attending the event hosted by
corporate queer g roup, Pride@NAB in Melbourne.
“But you really are the true heroes, this is just the
next par t of your stor y,” he said addressing Laura Par-
tington, Lee Taube and Lindsay Stewart three of 14
scholars chosen by the donor-funded org anisation
Each of the students addressed the crowd and
told their stor y. Lesbian student Laura Partington,
studying Cer tificate IV in Youth Work at TAFE,
explained how rewarding her re cent youth work
placement has been and thanked the Foundation for
“ believing in me”.
For more information on the Pinnacle Founda-
tion, to donate or to register as a mentor, visit www.
Gay Aussie Olympian Natalie Cook will
return home empty handed after losing three
of her beach volleyball matches at the London
Cook, who will retire from top competition,
lost all thre e of her matches with spor ting
par tner Hinchley. The pair went down to the
US’s reigning two -time Olympic champions
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, Austrian
sisters Stefanie and Doris Schwaiger and finally
a heartbreaking do-or-die match ag ainst Cze ch
team, Marketa Slukova and Kristyna Kolocova.
But, despite the disappointment after the
match, Cook was upbeat.
“I am proud to be an Olympian and an
Australian,” she said.
“It’s the greatest thing on earth. I have been
privileg ed to be part of it and I could not be
Cook, married to Canadian beach volleyball
player Sarah Maxwell, has two Olympic medals
including a gold from Sydney in 2000 and a
bronze from Atlanta in 1996. She was also
the first Australian woman to compete at five
summer Games and is the only female beach
volleyballer to compete in e ver y Games since the
sport’s Olympic debut in 1996.
Wedding belles in Apple Isle
Tasmania’s Premier Lara Gidding s has vowed to
legalise same-sex marriage in her state as early as
As three gay marriage bills sit in the federal par-
liament waiting to be debated, Giddings said legisla-
tion would also allow interstate couples to marr y in a
bid to boost Tasmania’s e conomy.
Gidding s said she saw no obstacle to introducing
the legislation, such as the arg ument that marriag e
was a federal issue, after obtaining legal advice from
the solicitor-g eneral.
“Labor has a proud histor y of tackling discrimina-
tion and introducing impor tant social reform,’’ she
said. “I exp ect the rest of the countr y will be watch-
ing closely as we work through this process.’’
The bill should pass the lower house with support
from the g re ens, but it is unclear if the independent-
led upper house will follow suit.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group
spokesperson, R odney Croome commented the leg-
islation proves Tasmania “has a heart”, and urg ed the
opp osition Liberal leader to supp ort it.
“By allowing a conscience vote on marriag e equal-
ity, Will Hodgman will be saying ‘yes’ to a hundre d
million dollar injection into the state economy from
same-sex wedding s, as well a s the hundreds of jobs
this will generate in the small business sector,” he said.
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IN OTHER NEWS...
Wanted: Lady lovers for
A new doco-style reality TV show is on the
lookout for lesbians stuck trying to make a
major life decision – so a panel of ‘experts’
can help to solve their dilemma.
Whether you’re deciding to come out,
create a family via IVF, have a commitment
ceremony or convert religions, the casting
team for Channel Ten’s The Audience is
keen to speak with you.
Each week the person in crisis will
be followed by a group of ordinary
Australians to observe their life. The
group’s observations, verdicts about where
they think the problem truly lies and their
solutions will be unveiled in an hour-long
The show’s creators are also looking for
people to be part of the audience, and to
visit those in need of guidance, providing
a queer perspective on other issues such
as addiction, homelessness or moving
For more details or to register, visit
theaudience.com.au, call (02) 9383 4357 or
More than 650 hockey clubs across
Victoria wore rainbow colours as part of the
inaugural Fair go, sport! round to promote
hockey clubs as safe and welcoming for
LGBT players and supporters.
Organised by the Victorian Equal
Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
and hosted by Hockey Victoria, all team
captains from Under 15s and above wore
the Fair go, sport! rainbow socks, and
players and umpires exchanged Fair go,
“By wearing the Fair go, sport! rainbow
socks and wristbands, each team is saying
that everyone is welcome and a player’s
sexuality should no longer be cause for
comment,” said acting commissioner Karen
Hockey Victoria CEO Ben Hartung said
the initiative sent a clear message to
participants and other sporting codes
that “hockey is an inclusive sport that
ONLINE: The art of girl-on-girl
Calling all Melbourne lesbian creative people:
Midsumma has launched its inaugural Gender
Studies visual arts competition.
Designed to unleash the femme/butch/power-
dyke/laddette/princess within, art works must
reflect your experience as a female and/
or lesbian and can be in any form, including
painting, stencil, street art, etching, drawing,
photography, digital and mixed media.
Enter by August 26 and come along to the
judging event Sunday September 2 at The Owl
and Pussycat in Richmond. Judges will be Cathy
Anderson (News editor, LOTL), Ginni Hettihewa
(Her Society on JOY 94.9) and Rat Simpson
(Midsumma Visual Arts Convenor) but the public
can vote on September 2 for the People’s Choice
Enter here: midsumma.org.au/component/
Sporting chance for equality
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